Updated: November 11, 2015 12:05:07 am
Preprations for a grand event to celebrate the 76th birthday of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, falling on November 22, has begun at his native place Saifai. The event, which will begin at 7 pm on November 21 with the cake cutting ceremony being held at midnight, will be witnessed by nearly one lakh people.
The venue for the event, the ‘athletics stadium’, is being decked in SP’s colour. Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Khan and several others are likely to attend. Several prominent political faces, including RJD head Lalu Prasad, and top industrialists are also likely to grace the occasion. The star attraction will be a performance by composer A R Rahman and his 300-member troupe.
This will be the first time that Mulayam will celebrate his birthday at Saifai. Last year, his birthday celebrations were organised by Minister Azam Khan in his home turf Rampur.
Preparations are on war footing at Saifai with over five guest houses of PWD, power corporation, sports and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences being decked up for the high-profile guests. The district administration is busy finalising security arrangements due to the presence of such a large number of VVIPs and celebrities.
“We are organising a programme to create awareness for environment conservation. It will be held on November 21 from 7 pm. We are organising the A R Rahman concert. We cannot comment on Netaji’s (Mulayam) birthday bash,” said Vedvrat Gupta, secretary of Saifai Mahotsav Organising Committee, adding that the stadium has a capacity to accommodate around 40,000 people.
Denying that Rahman is being paid for his performance, he added: “We are a charity organisation and will make arrangements for their stay and food. We have not discussed anything regarding payment. We are sending out invitation cards and the general public are also invited.”
Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap Singh Yadav has also held a meeting in his constituency, exhorting people to attend the event in large numbers.
Last year, Azam Khan had organised two-day long celebrations in Rampur to mark Mulayam’s 75th birthday. More than 200 welcome gates were erected and several schools were asked to declare two-day holiday.
Mulayam had taken ride in a Victorian buggy imported from London and cut a 75-ft long cake. A controversy had erupted when questioned about the funding for the grand event, an Azam Khan sarcastically replied the some of the money “for celebrations had come from Taliban, some from Abu Salem, some from Dawood (Ibrahim), some from terrorists”.
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